Maureen Sheehan, President ACNN

Dear Colleagues:

Vancouver was the most successful ACNN Meeting ever: recordbreaking attendance, a longer and more diverse program than in years past, and non-stop networking opportunities. The Planning Committee has read every post-meeting comment submitted. In response we are again increasing opportunities for nurses to get together around their interests and locations. New this year will be sessions devoted to pairing nurses new to Child Neurology Nursing with those more experienced.

The 2016 surveys again made clear the concrete barriers that exist for nurses wanting to attend the ACNN meeting: money and time. These concrete barriers can be overcome to some extent with the travel awards sponsored by CNS and education funds from our academic institutions. The more difficult challenge is sometimes finding enthusiastic support from colleagues for attending the meeting. Reach out to your nurse colleagues. See if there are barriers to their presence in Kansas City that you might help overcome. Help us set another attendance record!

Maureen Sheehan, CPNP
President, ACNN